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the last presidential -- the first presidential debate. obama now at 45%, romney at 49%. that's a significant shift from before the debate when the president was ahead by eight points, 51% to 43%. but let's dig a little bit deeper right now. this question, all likely voters who were asked answered, obama doesn't know how to turn the economy around, do you agree or disagree? 54% said they agree with that. 44% they say disagree. that sounds like trouble for the president's reelection campaign. >> that does. that number -- first of all, the top-line numbers are surprising because i believe pew has been a pr pre-pro obama poll. pew's been pretty good for obama. the top-line numbers are really surprising. have to see if other polls show the same thing. but as you point out, that's the key number, the economy. how does obama get out of this box of voters being not happy with the economy? but up until now, willing to perhaps give him another chance. i'm surprised. i'm surprised the debate turned things around, if they indeed have, that quickly. obama has two more debates to turn thin
obama and mitt romney are about to take the national stage for the first presidential debate and with only two days left to prepare both candidates are hunkering down right now while the political expectations game goes into overdrive. mitt romney is heading to colorado today. our national political correspondent jim acosta is traveling with him. jim? >> reporter: wolf, it is a pre-debate tradition. managing expectation just in case their candidate has an off night wednesday and both sides have another thing in common. they think media might be pulling for the other guy. >> governor, are you ready? >> ready for the debate? >> yes. i'm there. >> reporter: after a weekend of debate preparations, mitt romney was careful to avoid questions about his first matchup with president obama. but on a conference call with reporters, a top adviser revealed there's one subject romney is ready for. >> not to worry -- >> reporter: the comments that were caught on tape on the 47% of voters he said were dependent on government. >> we wouldn't be surprised, obviously, if that came up at the deb
until the first presidential debate, president obama and mitt romney will have the chance to press one another to answer questions that they themselves have been reluctant to answer. we'll run through some big ones, keeping them honest tonight. first, we've got some late polling. new cnn/orc numbers that show the race tightening. president obama still leads among likely voters 50% to 47% but that three-point gap is within the poll's margin of error. by comparison, just after the conventions, mr. obama got a four-point bounce to put him in the lead by six. the president's favorable rating meantime remains above the crucial 50% mark at 52%. mr. romney is close but still in negative territory at 49%. he enjoys an edge on handling the deficit and joblessness, but trails on virtually every other big issue, including medicare, taxes and foreign policy. keeping them honest, when it comes to some of those issues, both candidates have come up short either on specifics or credibility. issues like cutting taxes without ballooning the deficit or burdening the middle class. the romney campaign has
here. >>> the candidates are in full prep mode for tomorrow night's presidential debate with republican challenger mitt romney appearing at one final rally in denver. the city where he will be squaring off one-on-one for the first time with president obama. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> romney will, no doubt, be pressed by the president on the specifics of that pathway and with the candidates neck and neck in the most recent cnnorc poll, with the three-point lead falling within the margin of error. it's anybody's game. here to talk strategy is ryan lizza washington correspondent for the new yorker. nice to have you with us. >> nice to see you. >> to make sense of this. we've seen them trying to lowering the expectations. what can we expect? >> that's the sort of game. you talk about how your opponent is an incredible debater and you don't know anything. you
presidential debate coming up tomorrow night. president obama just three points ahead of republican challenger mitt romney in the latest cnn/orc poll. that is within the poll's margin of error. meaning that it's anybody's game. >> and both candidates are pulling the political equivalent of an all-nighter in preparation for their first face-to-face showdown. president obama spoke to a supporter after stopping at a campaign office in nevada. >> indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> a cnn contributor and a washington correspondent for the new yorker is back with us. everybody is saying it's not about winning. but of course it is. what does romney need to do? let's start with him? >> i think he's got three challenges here because he's down. when you're down in the polls going into the debate that raises expectations for you. and traditionally the first debate is the most important. the first thing he needs to do is policy. he needs to get a little bit more specific than he has, some of the polls, that's what the undecided voters want. the swing voters want. they w
of the key swing states that could decide the outcome of the presidential race. it's ohio, and ohio carries 18 electoral votes. a court has now given the obama campaign a victory allowing voters to cast ballot on the final weekend before the election. the state has been a focus of the campaigns. there was even some name-dropping at the debate. >> i was in dayton, ohio, and a woman grabbed my arm and said i've been out of work since may, can you help me? >> so at the cleveland clinic, one of the best health care systems in the world, they actually provide great care cheaper than average, and the reason they do is because they do some smart things. >> let's bring in the republican assistant secretary of state for ohio. scott, good morning to you. first your reaction to yesterday's ruling? >> i think yesterday's ruling was -- it came at 3:00 yesterday. we haven't had time to talk about it at the office. i think it was something that was expected based on the draw that came from the court. the secretary of state has decided by monday morning he's going to be making a decision on which way to go
.m. in the east. up first this morning we are counting down to the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney preparing to square off wednesday night in the first of three critical presidential debates. both sides are falling all over each other to praise the other candidate to lower expectations for their own candidate, except for one guy, new jersey governor chris christie, who's setting the bar very high for his own guy, the republican nominee. >> he's going to come in wednesday night, have his vision for america. he's going to contrast what his view with what the president's record is. the president's view for the future. and this whole race is going to be turned upside down come thursday morning. >> the whole race turned upside down. setting the bar very high. cnn political reporter peter hamby joins me live from washington. exactly what was chris christie doing there? it doesn't seem to be part of the romney campaign playbook. >> he was being chris christie. even though the romney campaign approves when their surrogates go on campaign trails, he'll just go off the rails and say w
much. what they want to do, they being the romney-obama campaigns, is hope these debates focus in on that small percentage of americans who are still undecided. those are the people they're reaching out to at these three presidential debates. suzanne. >> all right. paul, we'll be watching. thank you. don't forget, can you watch all the debate action right here on cnn. cnn's life coverage of wednesday night's debate starting at 7:00 eastern. here's what we're working on for this hour. sasha m and maliyah all grown up. how is michelle obama preparing her daughters for the dating world. steve harvey found out. he is going to share his interview with her coming up. plus -- >> i'm trusting ow this, and i'll see you then. >> who was that? sounded intense. >> the president. >> sweet. >> he plays a stoner in "harold and kumar" movies, but he has the president's ear. >>> plus, a secret child, serial cheater as well. arnold schwarzenegger. we go in depth. why his behavior and why some people cheat. when you take a closer look... the best schools in the world... see they all
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